The first book in a brilliant epic fantasy series about a young woman who goes from having nothing to fighting for everything. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass and Shadow and Bone.
She wasn't supposed to become so powerful.
She wasn't even supposed to survive.
In an empire divided into three rings, Talise is from the lowliest and most dangerous outer ring. To escape that life, she just has to do three things.
1) Attend an elite academy for manipulating the elements of water, air, earth, and fire.
2) Become the most powerful student in her year.
3) Prove her magic is the best in a competition in front of the emperor himself.
Everything goes according to plan until a handsome and rich young man shows up with just as much skill as her.
She has to win. She has to hate him.
But when the competition falls apart, the emperor forces them to work together instead. Their growing attraction only distracts them from dark truths the empire has hidden for too long.
Secrets lurk in every shadow of the palace, hiding a conflict that sits on the brink of war. But Talise has secrets of her own. Secrets that could destroy her.
A war is coming. Talise can only hope she's powerful enough to meet it.
Captivating read that kept me glued to my reader…
I admit it wasn’t until the Emperor made an appearance that I had my suspicions on who the main character really was. But that didn’t stop me from continuing on…nor from wanting to get the next in the series!!